Alison Brooks Architects has been commissioned to design a new Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre in Taunton, Somerset
The Woman Architect of the Year 2013 joins an impressive roll call of designers commissioned by the charity, including OMA, Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry.
Brooks’ appointment comes just two months after the opening of Maggies’ latest facility, its largest yet, designed by Foster + Partners in Manchester (see AJ 27.04.16).
She will be collaborating with JLG Landscape Architecture on the scheme – officially Maggie’s Taunton – which will be built in the grounds of Musgrove Park Hospital.
Laura Lee, chief executive of Maggie’s, said: ‘Great design and architecture are integral to what we do at Maggie’s as each and every one of our centres is specifically designed to welcome people with cancer and offer them a place to seek practical advice, talk to other people with cancer or just sit quietly with a cup of tea while awaiting appointments or results.’
Earlier this year Amanda Levete’s practice AL_A won planning permission for a new Maggie’s Centre in Southampton. The 420m² ‘oasis-like’ building, featuring concertina-like ceramic walls, will sit within a landscaped garden on the Southampton General Hospital campus and is due to open next year 2017.
AL_A’s Maggie’s Centre in Southampton
Another Maggie’s centre designed by NORD and being delivered by Garbers & James near Falkirk is currently under construction with the opening set for later this year.